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Misako Kano: 3 Purple Circles

Read "3 Purple Circles" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

If there is one constant about Misako Kano it is that she is comfortable in two worlds. Born and raised in Yamaguchi, Japan, she studied classical and jazz piano at Kent State in the U.S. She earned her bachelor's degree, majoring in classical piano performance and music education and later got her master's majoring in jazz ...

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Jessica Williams: Blue Fire

Read "Blue Fire" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Jessica Williams is a no-nonsense person. You can hear this in conversation with her, you can feel this from her liner notes and you can sense it from her music. The attitude stems not only from confidence but also with being comfortable with her craft, something that leaps out each time you listen to her music. ...

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The Dado Moroni Trio: Out Of The Night

Read "Out Of The Night" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

What's in a name? Shakespeare had an answer to that one and so will those who listen to this album. Thenceforth, the mention of Edgardo “Dado" Moroni will no longer lead to a quizzically raised eyebrow.

Moroni has recorded well over 25 albums. The bulk of those were in Europe. Yet there were those in the ...

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Kendra Shank: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

It is always a pleasure discovering something new, even if that “new" has been around for a while. So it is with Kendra Shank, as complete a jazz singer as one could wish for. And on this her third album, Shank sings to tunes composed by Duke Ellington, Abbey Lincoln, Kurt Weill, Ralph Towner and The ...

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Kendra Shank: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

Although many vocalists pay only lip service to the ideas of “using the voice as an instrument” and the singer “working as part of the group,” on her third CD, Kendra Shank delivers spectacularly on both fronts. Ms. Shank had already set herself apart as a singer who was deeply committed to jazz but unwilling to ...

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Jack Brownlow Trio: Suddenly It's Bruno

Read "Suddenly It's Bruno" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Jack Brownlow was born in Wenatchee, a small town in Washington State. So was bop saxophonist, Don Lanphere and jazz writer Doug Ramsey. Ramsey relates an interesting bit of jazz trivia about Wenatchee in his very good book Jazz Matters: Reflections on the Music and Some of Its Makers. Ramsey, long an admirer of Miles Davis, ...

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Misako Kano: Breakthrew

Read "Breakthrew" reviewed by Jim Santella

Pianist Misako Kano grew up in Japan and studied at several universities before earning her Master’s degree in Jazz Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music in 1990. She led this session in New York City in early 1996, and the quartet’s recording was released in Japan. Jazz Focus released the session in 1998 shortly after ...

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Marilyn Lerner: Birds Are Returning

Read "Birds Are Returning" reviewed by Jim Santella

Recorded in Havana and featuring an international lineup, Marilyn Lerner's latest release builds upon the strengths of her trio and expands the ensemble in differing numbers. Joining pianist Lerner, acoustic bassist Kieran Overs and drummer Dafnis Prieto, are Jane Bunnett on flute and soprano saxophone, Cuban “young lion" Yosvanny Terry on alto and tenor saxophones, Javier ...